Can the decline of butterflies and bees be connected?



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    Yes, but not in the sense that the decline of one is responsible for the decline of the other.  The connection lies in the fact that both butterflies and bees are pollinators—their feeding on plant nectar helps to spread pollen, thereby spreading biodiversity—and a great number of insects in this category are on the decline.  So, ostensibly, whatever is causing the decline of the bee is also causing the decline of the butterfly, and vice versa.  Many scientists have linked the use of agricultural pesticides and destruction of natural habitats to the pollinator decline.

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